We all know that self-esteem sometimes referred to as self-worth or self-respect, can be an important part of success. Too little self-esteem can leave people feeling defeated or depressed. It can also lead people to make bad choices, fall into destructive relationships, or fail to live up to their full potential. Too much self-esteem, as exhibited in narcissistic personality disorder , can certainly be off-putting to others and can even damage personal relationships.
Self-esteem levels at the extreme high and low ends of the spectrum can be harmful, so ideally, it's best to strike a balance somewhere in the middle. A realistic yet positive view of yourself is generally considered the ideal. But what exactly is self-esteem? Where does it come from and what influence does it really have on our lives?
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I used to try to avoid feelings at all costs.
Instead I turned to: eating disorder behaviors, compulsive studying, drinking, perfectionism, and a variety of other unhealthy coping strategies.
Those things gave me temporary *relief* but only made me feel worse in the long-term.
Trying to suppress our emotions is like trying to hold a beach ball under water. It’s exhausting and eventually the ball will pop above the water with force.
I know it might be hard or scary but it’s healthy to let yourself feel-and it’s a big part of the path to healing. 💕
Tag someone who you feel comfortable expressing your feelings with 👇🏻 I’ll start @itsmekaylaohbe
Sometimes you have to remind yourself of your own greatness.
It isn't vain or indulgent, it is the neccessary love and respect that you deserve.
You're amazing. Don't forget to tell yourself!
It's been a while since I have shown my face and introduced myself. My name is Angela ( @angeknightyoga ) and I started Calm Buddhi with the help of my beautiful Mum. I'm a Yoga and meditation teacher and Remedial Therapist in Melbourne. I'm a lover and seeker of all things that calm the mind. I started Calm Buddhi after being inspired by Indian families who have a dedicated practice of devotion in their own homes. Meditation alters set up all through their homes with deities, meditation cushions and candles. They can't forget their practice as it's part of their home and part of them. This inspired me so much that I combined my love of India and textiles with my practice to form what is now Calm Buddhi. Mum and I set out to meet the wonderful artisans of block printing in India. We went way off the beaten track to find skilled artisans, some of who have received prestigious awards for their work. We know each of our sources and work closely with them to bring each design to life. They are treated fairly and our main printers work as a community ~ they also get eye and health checks from the funds we pay for textile production.
Our aim is to provide a variety of traditional Yoga and Meditation props making seated positions and yoga practice much more comfortable for modern bodies to sit, practice and meditate in comfort. Most prints are a limited edition and have been made to be a feature in your home furnishings and a constant reminder to come home to yourself with a dedicated practice. 🙏🕉💖
Amazing photo of the pool at the bottom of Empress Falls where I swam in 5 degree water this past weekend.
No filter, just a brilliant shot by a friend capturing the beautiful greens and browns of mother earth, water on rock, and little ole me in the corner descending into the cold.
I wrote a thing! 🙈
As a therapist struggling with hope and joy in today’s world, I’ve felt for the past few years like I am ‘performing’ hope. I have realised however, slow and steady, hope has found its way back. Having the privilege of witnessing other people’s intimate victories, agency, resistance and travails is an incredible hope giving experience. I have the privilege of learning from so many people who trust me with their experiences. What is my responsibility then? What must I do with this learning and from my position of power? I have always felt that what happens in the therapy room alone is inadequate. What then, is the responsibility of therapists in influencing social contexts? In being better allies? —————- #Repost @povmumbai with @get_repost
Read our latest essay on #SkinStories , where @towardsharmony writes on questioning ideas of ‘normal’, her journey as a therapist, & learning how to be an ally to the Autistic community. Link in bio.
Illustration by @upasana_a
Touch | Heal | Transform
My next online group healing session has just been announced.
This sessions intention is to feel LIGHTER 🙌🏼 perfect for anyone feeling low, down and foggy.
Thursday 22/aug | 7pm aest
Link is in bio to get more details.
There is so much hope, promise, synchronicity, joy, birth and rebirth, peace, quiet and love surrounding us at any given moment. And if we don't see it on the outside because of where we are standing, we can always turn inward and find it there. •
There is frequently a desire or even need to feel that each session with a therapist will offer some relief, that the pace towards a solution will be fast and steady, and perhaps most of all, that after everything is said and done, everyone can move on with their lives as before.
It is important to keep in mind that therapy is a process, not an event. The difficulties that we face in life, the reasons we end up at the therapist's office in the first place, are multifaceted and complex. Rarely is what is first thought of as a 'problem' really THE 'problem'. Furthermore, rarely are the participants able to visualize a future where the problem is a thing of the past. Instead, most people in the beginning of therapy visualize a future identical to the days before the 'problem' appeared.
For all intents and purposes, the past is a thing of the past, now done and gone and just a figment of our imagination at this point. The goal of therapy is to create a future with new parameters, new rules, a new way of life where the problem has become a part of the solution.
Recognize that the problem can be a tool and not an obstacle, and the solution will begin to reveal itself.